Anatoly Gankevich's Artworks in Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

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Two of his artworks are now a part of TBA21 in Vienna

Our congratulations to Anatoliy Gankevich! Two of his artworks will become a part of the permanent collection of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) in Vienna, founded in 2002 by Francesca von Habsburg. Gankevich is the first artist to be included in the world collection of this prestigious level.


Anatoliy Gankevich is known for creating artworks by imitating mosaics on canvas, and he is addicted to marine themes. The artist was born in Odessa and his ties with the sea never faded.


“Me and the sea… It all started with my passion for photographing flickers. As soon as I see a reflection on the sea on a sunny day, I immediately pull out my camera. It is weird how people living by the sea just take it for granted, get used to this miracle and won't notice it any longer. It is not about me, I am still fascinated and inspired by it.” ~ A. Gankevich

"Aquatoria" is first and foremost an ideal self-portrait of the artist himself. The sea, the disco ball Sun with its quiet perfection, the Captain, the ladies, the reflections on the surface of the sea waves and his Odesa, where one wants to dissolve. These are all the recognizable projections of the author, in which he enjoys gazing and eventually finds himself.

It is no coincidence the artworks of Ukrainian contemporary artist have recently appeared in the collection of Thyssen-Bornemisza, as the foundation is addicted to all connected to the Ocean. ​​A particular focus of the foundation is on marine ecosystems. This dedication is vividly reflected in commissions and acquisitions. Most of the works are the result of personal and long-term collaborations between Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza and the artists.
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